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Rail Plus goes live with Italian e-tickets

October 3, 2013 Rail No Comments Email Email

Travelling on Italy’s national rail network is now cheaper and more convenient than ever before for Rail Plus customers after the company today went live with a direct connection to Trenitalia’s booking system.

The move means Rail Plus customers can now print off their own e-tickets for all Trenitalia First and Second Class services – from Milan in the north to Reggio di Calabria in the South. Trenitalia_Frecciarossa

Rail Plus National Sales Manager Greg McCallum says rail e-tickets are more convenient than airline e-tickets because travellers do not need to obtain a separate boarding pass on-line or at the airport.

“Rail e-tickets already incorporate confirmed seat and carriage numbers, enabling customers to simply board their train, says McCallum.

The new connection also allows Rail Plus to access ultra-cheap ‘instant purchase’ fares – a category not previously available to travellers booking Trenitalia tickets from international markets.

The introduction of the e-ticket fares has reduced lead-in prices by up to 70%. Savings on some of the most popular routes include:

From To Before (Paper Ticket)  price per person Now (E-Ticket)    price per person Saving
Rome Florence 1st class: $104 1st class: $45 $59
2nd class: $71 2nd class: $30 $41
Florence Venice 1st class: $104 1st class: $45 $59
2nd class: $74 2nd class: $30 $44
Venice Milan 1st class: $85 1st class: $45 $40
2nd class: $62 2nd class: $30 $32
Rome Naples 1st class: $96 1st class: $30 $66
2nd class: $71 2nd class: $30 $41

“These new cheaper Trenitalia e-ticket fares can be booked 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the Rail Plus website (www.railplus.com.au),” says McCallum.

“Once an instant purchase fare is booked online, agents simply receive an email containing a link to print out the e-ticket. Australian travellers then need only present their passport and ticket for inspection during their journey.”

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